One heartening thing for budding writers at the moment is the number of ways to build up a publishing CV. The internet has made it possible for anyone to be a publisher, and many people have seized the chance to launch online literary journals, all seeking out quality work. Funnily enough, even though this removes… Read More The unweekly herding: where can you submit your work online?
Right now, it’s hard to imagine doing anything other than kicking aside wrapping paper, watching films in your pyjamas and having selection boxes for breakfast (or is that just me?), but soon – soon – the urge will return to do some work. Those stories taking up room on a hard drive need homes, and… Read More The unweekly herding: new year, new opportunities
I’ve been on a sabbatical over the past few months, due to the mentorship bursary I was awarded by the Munster Literature Centre. Though now completed, December totally got away from me, largely taken up with the buying, wrapping and handing over of presents. But I couldn’t let the year finish without a fond look… Read More A farewell to 2017
With a short story writer of George Saunders’ outstanding calibre, it was a given that his novel debut would be stylistically impeccable. But there is so much more to Lincoln in the Bardo than literary showy offness. It packs an emotional punch that makes it one of the most moving books I have ever read. Telling… Read More Lincoln in the Bardo reviewed
Historical novel December Girl is set in Ireland in the 19th century, and is the first book by writer Nicola Cassidy. It tells the story of Molly Thomas, a young woman whose family are wrongfully evicted from their home by a vindictive land agent. Some years later, her baby son is abducted and Molly embarks… Read More December Girl author Q&A
I’ve been laying low recently, working feverishly on a book project as part of an amazing mentorship bursary with this year’s Frank O’Connor Fellow Marie-Helene Bertino (my current state of mind: OhGodOhGodOhGod). But I can’t resist the occasional herding of writing news, so here are a few bits and pieces that might be of interest… Read More The unweekly herding: room for improvement
Honestly, short story collections can be such stress-inducing things. You buy them with a view to reading them in their entirety. But then, more often than not, you pick out two or three stories with appealing titles and place the book on a shelf with every intention of returning to it. You never do return… Read More The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies reviewed